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#147 Overall Influence #102 Desirability Rank

Brigham Young University

Private research university in Provo, Utah, United States
By James Barham, PhD

Brigham Young University (BYU) was founded in 1875 as the Brigham Young Academy. It is a private, research university owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

In 1903, the academy was divided into two parts, Brigham Young High School and Brigham Young University. Over the course of the twentieth century, BYU gradually acquired the resources and curriculum of a modern research university. By the 1970s, the school had acquired a greatly expanded library, as well as several respected professional schools, including the J. Reuben Clark Law School and the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology.

In 1989, a satellite campus opened in Jerusalem, in Israel.

The student body numbers more than 33,600 individuals. All BYU students must take an oath to live by a strict honor code pertaining both to academics and personal conduct. Although the school is open to persons of all faiths, around 99 percent of students belong to the LDS Church.

Prominent BYU-associated individuals include the following:

  • Mathematician, David Bailey
  • Computer scientists, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw & Bruce Bastian
  • Romance novelist, Stephenie Meyer
  • Science fiction novelists, Orson Scott Car & Brandon Sanderson
  • Memoirist and essayist, Tara Westover
  • Inspirational author and speaker, Stephen Covey
  • Actors Jon Heder & Aaron Eckhart
  • Comedian, Matthew Meese
  • Artist, James C. Christensen
  • Violinist, singer, songwriter, and dancer, Lindsey Stirling
  • Choral composer, arranger, and director, Mack Wilberg
  • Physicist and hearing-aid inventor, Harvey Fletcher
  • Inventor and television pioneer, Philo Farnsworth
  • Biochemists, Paul D. Boyer (Nobel laureate) & Scott Strobel
  • Entomologists, Ralph Chamberlin & Vasco Tanner
  • Historians, Mark Choate & Claudia Lauper Bushman
  • Biblical scholar, Bradley Ray Wilcox
  • Economist, Stephen Cameron
  • Economist and business management scholar, Teppo Felin
  • Business consultant and author, Clayton M. Christensen
  • Former Dell Computers President and CEO, Kevin Rollins
  • Former LDS Church President, Thomas Spencer Monson
  • Former US Supreme Court Justice, George Sutherland
  • Former US Senators, Reed Smoot & Orrin Hatch
  • Current US Senators, Mike Crapo & Mike Lee
  • 2012 Republican presidential nominee and current US Senator, Mitt Romney

From Wikipedia

Brigham Young University is a private research university in Provo, Utah sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints . It is run under the auspices of the church's education organization, the Church Educational System . BYU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity" with "more selective, lower transfer-in" admissions. The university's primary emphasis is on undergraduate education in 179 majors, but it also has 62 master's and 26 doctoral degree programs. The university also administers two satellite campuses, one in Jerusalem and one in Salt Lake City.

Source: Wikipedia


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How much does it cost to attend?

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IncomeAverage Net Cost
0 - 30K$8,834
30K - 48K$10,425
48K - 75K$12,466
75K - 110K$15,362

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What's it like to attend this school?

The People

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The Campus

Where will you be attending?


Main Campus, Provo UT 84602

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

6 per 100K

Violent Crime

0 per 100K

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

23 per 100K

Violent Crime

1 per 100K

What is Brigham Young University known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

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Computer Science
#120 World Rank
Political Science
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Religious Studies
#169 World Rank
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Earth Sciences
#186 World Rank
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Social Work

Other areas of influence

#124 World Rank
Criminal Justice

Influential People

Who are Brigham Young University's Most influential alumni?

Brigham Young University 's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Business, Law, and History

Howard Tayler

Howard Tayler


Ben Swann

Ben Swann

American journalist

Royal Skousen

Royal Skousen

American professor of linguistics

Drew Major

Drew Major

American computer specialist

Jonathan C. Coon

American businessman

Beatrice Sparks

American writer

A. Kimball Romney

American anthropologist

David L. Paulsen

American philosopher

Steve Young

Former professional American football quarterback

Todd Pedersen

Founder of Vivint, Inc

David R. Huber

Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull

American fiction writer